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53150 KES ($490 USD)
access_time 16 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different than it would have been if I never received the transfers. I have a small business of selling maize at market. This business used to give me small profits. When I receive the second transfer from GiveDirectly I bought more stock. The business now is good, I nowadays get a good profit and I am able to meet all the basic needs of the family including paying school fees for my children in various schools. This season I was in a position to buy seeds and fertilizer. I also cultivated my farm and planted on time. When I had not received the transfers I could delay in planting because the money from my business could not meet all the household expenditure and including paying the farm workers. I am so grateful because I am sure of good harvest this coming season. My children Also will be in a position to study well without being sent home to collect the school fees like before. GiveDirectly had also enabled me to start a saving plan. I save the the money in my Mpesa for any emergency and also for future use.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does well by giving money to the poor in the community to build better houses, buy dairy cows and other basic household needs .I do not find anything that GiveDirectly did not do well.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spend the money I received from GiveDirectly to build a better house and the rest of the money I added stock to my business of selling maize at the market.
55000 KES ($494 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I received the transfers while still asleep and hurriedly woke up. I immediately went to door half naked and informed my wife who was excited and she is till now. We prepared with my wife and went early that morning to the nearest MoMo agent and withdrew and came back without any expenditure.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is registration of clean piped water which wouldn't be possible before. Initially, we used to rely on river water which salty and when we used for bathing it causes skin whithening even after oiling jelly. In the next one month m, I am certain I will be drinking clean water and my skin will be smoother than before. There's a lot of happiness in my house because there's adequate food for my family and my kids have grown happy and healthier than before. My wife is also happier than before and has gained weight even from her cheeks.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent 100USD of my transfer on water registration,and purchase of water pipes. This is because our place is quite sunny with prolonged dry spells and the river is very far and requires donkeys for transportation. Sometimes we are forced to borrow do from neighbors who have already installed piped water. I spent 140USD on high quality heifer because it will grow and I will be able to monitor it's growth because the two two dairy cows I have are of low quality hence low milk production. I foresee financial secure for my kids who are in school. I also spent 64USD on two maize sacks because we had been hungry for a long time and one can't work or sleep with an empty stomach. Initially, I used to rely on my job as a maize seller for the past twenty years. I also spent 80USD on family clothing and shoes and the rest on maize and bean seeds because it's planting season in our place.
access_time 7 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving money would mean the world to me. Being the first born son in our family, it is my responsibility to take care of my father who is now old and weak. I feel like he needs to live a better life now that he is on his sun set days. Currently he sleeps in my kitchen because there is no other alternative house. The smoke that usually emanates from the same kitchen really makes him uncomfortable. Hearing him cough repeatedly at night makes me cry inwardly. I want to have a better place and good bedding for him to enjoy his sleep. I pray to God that I get lucky to be successful enrolled so that I fulfill this desire.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Mid day is the happiest part of my day. This so because is the time I am done with the day's work and I get to spend some quality time with my aging father. The is the time we reminisce fond memories of the past and this brings me so much happiness to my heart.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I never went to school and I have never been employed. That means whatever is left for me to depend on is farming. Farming is never an assured venture in this area because of prolonged droughts that hit us every now and again. The biggest hardship I have ever faced is putting food on the table for my family. I have been counting losses each and every planting season due to drought. I have now resorted to being a casual labourer in people's farms because that is what you are sure of getting returns from your labour.